Mad Dash For the Prefect Venue

Finding the prefect venue can be so easy for some couples but for others it seems like an endless cycle of odd colors carpets and awkward small talk about 60” or 70” rounds, linen colors and additional fees. This is normal and it can seem like you may never find that venue that’ll give your guest that WOW! factor and at the same time wont break the bank. I am here to tell you IT WILL HAPPEN!!! You might have to look outside the traditional spaces but I know that there is something out there for each couple.

Best advice I give to my clients before they book a venue is to write down things that really stood out to them at weddings that they have attended and things that they think are important to them. This is help them be able to narrow down their search right away and can help later on if there is a tie.

There are so many amazing venues here in San Diego but make sure that you really see what they offer and how you can maximize the space without going over your budget. Best thing is don’t put it off because the good ones can book fast.

Just know that finding a beautiful location with amazing features can be so helpful in cutting decor cost. On the other hand, for those creative couples that want a blank space and the freedom to make it 100% their own there are so many options for you as well.

I do find that a lot of couples are moving away from the church or hotel spaces and moving into the non-traditional spaces like Museums, Lofts, Breweries and Private Estates. So here is a list of the top venue trends that I am noticing more this year.

Top Venue Trends of 2017

  1. Gardens with Geo shaped glass enclosure.
  2. Industrial with exposed brick
  3. Bohemian chic
  4. City Rooftop
  5. Home-Style Outdoor “Backyard”

Here are some of my personal favorite non-traditional venues in San Diego!

The Brick. Located in Liberty Station. Capacity of 400.

Can accommodate inside ceremony, outside cocktail hour and (once flipped) inside reception. You can be creative with the space.


The Prado. Located in Balboa Park. Capacity of 320.

Can accommodate cocktail and reception. They have several other venues in the park to rent for the ceremony.

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The Darlington House. Located in La Jolla. Capacity 200.

Can accommodate separate ceremony, cocktail and reception.


Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. Located on Harbor Island. Capacity 230.

Can accommodate separate ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.


Also check out:

Martin Johnson house, Scripps Sea Side Forum, La Jolla Women’s Club and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s La Jolla.


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